U.S. Air Force will retire this year, about 250 F-15/16 fighters (Photos)
The article said that this year the Air Force will retire 134 F-15 fighters
The article said that this year the Air Force will retire 112 F-16 fighter
LONDON April 2 news: According to the Russian “ties” Network on April 1 reported that the Air Force Chief of Staff Norton Schwartz, recently said in an interview, the U.S. Air Force this year there will be about 250 F-15 and F-16 fighters retired, of which, F-15 is 134, F-16 is 112. As one part of the aircraft has been selected for the destructive testing, so the actual number of retired fighters will be less than figures released by Schwartz. It is reported that if the destructive testing of aircraft involved in good performance, has been included in the list of some retired aircraft service period may be extended.
U.S. Air Force Chiefs of Staff, said that if the test results are satisfactory, the U.S. Air Force will not consider purchasing an improved F-15 and F-16. He pointed out that the U.S. Air Force does not intend to buy the first so-called “4 +” generation fighter to replace the retired F-15/16. However, it should be noted that, due to F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s development cycle was extended by 24 months (2016), and some of its aging fighter may need early retirement, so the U.S. Air Force is likely to face the future the risk of insufficient number of fighters.
Air Force had planned to use the F-22 and F-35 fighter unit to update. However, the price is too expensive, so in the Pentagon’s procurement budget in 2010 did not include the purchase of F-22 costs. Currently, the U.S. Air Force equipped with a total of 145 F-22 (previously planned purchases of 188). U.S. Air Force is considering large-scale procurement by the F-35 fighter fleet to complete the update program. It is reported that the Pentagon ordered the number of F-35 up to 1763.
According to U.S. official statistics, the U.S. Air Force National Guard were equipped with 12 F-16 fighter squadron. According to the plan, these fighters will be retired in 2020. And according to U.S. military plans in 2020, the Air Force National Guard troops will be equipped with only one F-35, while the rest of the troops will likely face the risk of non-fighters can fly. (Compass)